Sunday, November 09, 2014

Homer Kings November 8

Well you know its prime time for winter kings so I gotta keep trying.  Left the house at 4am after checking road conditions.  Whittier Junction to Seward Junction was Yellow (caution).  Caution?  I don’t think so.  That road should have been closed.  Right after the restrooms after the first climb, the road was black ice.  I knew it was slick so I was only going about 35mph.  I decide to check the road, tap the breaks…the car speeds up.  WHAT?  That’s not good.  Hit the breaks again and with anti lock breaks, it didn’t even remotely slow down.  I fishtailed down the road for what felt like an eternity.  How I stayed on the road, I have no idea. 

Ok, the fishing.  Get there an hour late around 9am.  I immediately get a few good strikes but can’t connect.  Then over the course of 5 hours, I go 0’fer 2 on real kings.  I manage 4 or 5 jacks and a couple of pollock.  Spoke with Shane of Driftwood charters and it was slow for them too. I am ready to call it a day at 2pm.

Tide changes at 3pm and Shane from Driftwood Charters says “NEVER leave as the tide is changing!”. So I take a quick break and back on the water at 3pm.  From 3:30 to 4:30pm, I had 6 or 7 solid takedowns and managed to go 3 for 3 of the ones I hooked.  I had strikes on hoochies, but all three were caught on the SilverHorde Coho Killer spoon behind a dodger.  I didn’t use bait, but I would consider carrying some.  As long as you stay away from the front of the hotel, the pollock have thinned out.  I caught make 4 all day.

Average size was small. 12, 8, and 6 pounds.  Still perseverance once again pays off.  

Not sure how many more times I will hit it.  Just can’t stay away if there are fish to be caught.  Usually by early December, the fish get fewer and farther between.  

Oh…on Alaska Outdoor Directory, Jeff from Kodiak Combos posted a 61lbs feeder king they just caught.  Can you imagine how big that would have been in May?  I can’t wait!!!  Gotta plan!!! 

Ok, so here is the video.  It was raining on and off so sorry about the water spots.  


Hans Metzler said...

Hey Rudy, I like your way of fishing from kayak. I did some kayak fishing at Tutka Bay. Tri to improve it next year in the Wrangell area. Maybe we spend some days of our trip (from 20th of June or so) in the Tutka Bay area.

Hans, Switzlerland

Rudy Tsukada said...

Hey Hans! Sounds like you have some experience here in Alaska! Southeast Alaska is a bucket list trip for even us who live here. The sit on tops I use are so fishing friendly. Add the pedal drive for hands free propulsion and it works out great!!! I don't travel much, but still I am considering picking up a Hobie Is9 inflatable so I can take it with me on my travels. Fortunately or unfortunately I still have too much exploring to do here in South-central Alaska!!! Good luck on your adventures and please post a report if you can. Good luck and safe travels!!!!!!

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